Gout is another form of arthritis. The episodes can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. The attack can be recurrent unless gout is treated. If left untreated gout can eventually damage your joints, tendons and other tissues.
Gout is caused by high level of uric acid in the blood. When there are too much or high levels of uric acid in the blood, it may form into crystals that will settle on the body’s joints. An individual is at risk of developing gout if he or she is overweight, alcohol dependent, and fond of eating meat and fish with high contents of purines.
The common signs and symptoms of gout are the following:
- Episodes of sudden swelling and redness at nighttime
- Sharp pain in your big toe. The big toe is where gout often times develops.
- Gout attacks on the foot, ankle knees, and other joints.
The attack can be painful and can last for longer periods, from a few days to weeks. Intervals until the next episode can sometimes take years.
Corticosteroids are given to individuals to stop a gout attack. Relief often begins within 24 hours from the time the medications were given. Self-care can be essential to ease the pain of a gout attack. Resting the affected joints, taking painkillers such as ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicine can help you in managing the pain.
Lifestyle changes can play a big role in managing gout. By watching what you eat, you can minimize the uric acid in your body. By eating healthy and watching your weight, it can help in reducing your chances of developing gout.
If gout is not treated, it can cause irreversible damage to your joints, cause kidney problems, and tophi.
If you think you are suffering from Gout you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Gout as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).